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Mean–Variance portfolio selection in presence of infrequently traded stocks

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  • Castellano, Rosella
  • Cerqueti, Roy

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This paper deals with a mean–variance optimal portfolio selection problem in presence of risky assets characterized by low-frequency trading and, therefore, low liquidity. To model the dynamics of illiquid assets, we introduce pure-jump processes. This leads to the development of a portfolio selection model in a mixed discrete/continuous time setting. We pursue the twofold scope of analyzing and comparing either long-term investment strategies as well as short-term trading rules. The theoretical model is analyzed by applying extensive Monte Carlo experiments, in order to provide useful insights from a financial perspective.

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  • Castellano, Rosella & Cerqueti, Roy, 2014. "Mean–Variance portfolio selection in presence of infrequently traded stocks," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 234(2), pages 442-449.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:234:y:2014:i:2:p:442-449
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.04.024
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